History and Rationale:
Building a custom home involves a host of necessary tasks being coordinated and completed in order to yield a successful finished product. Although all potentially successful building projects begin with a completed model in mind, a lack of foresight and effective timing can leave many opportunities unexplored, add additional costs, and fail to anticipate future problems. With emphasis placed on the structure, this process ends with a completed house rather than a completed site. Although landscaping is an anticipated phase of home building, most landscape plans are not formulated until after the earth moving equipment has left and the house has taken shape, often permanently limiting landscape options.

We have noticed that there is a definite need for a site management service to be involved from day one to provide guidelines for the many operations that influence the finished landscape. Landscaping is defined simply as “any improvements or alterations that are made to the land.” This includes reclamation, objects placed in and on the ground, and changing topography. Proper site management is a cooperative approach to site development which allows the site manager, general contractor, and architect to focus on their areas of strength, yielding the best possible result for the home owner. Without site management, the site cannot reach its full potential in a cost effective and efficient manner.

Some of the ways we will manage your site include the following:

Work with the owner, architect, builder, and engineer to develop a grading plan that takes the aesthetic elements of the final landscape into account.
Develop a master site plan that includes proper driveway approaches, phases of landscape construction, construction reclamation, materials staging, and final landscaping plan.
Determine rough grade before siding is completed in order to avoid covering up unnecessary amounts of stone veneer.
Establish parameters for placing items such as propane tanks, septic tanks, drainage tile, electrical service boxes, air conditioning units, ground source systems, satellite dishes, solar panels, and all associated lines and conduits at the correct locations and elevations for the finished landscape and all site disturbances.
Reclaim disturbed areas such as water, power, and communications lines, roadway edges and slopes, and cleared areas in the forest as soon as possible.
Grade slopes to facilitate natural reclamation. Most slopes are graded purely for erosion control, and not for the aesthetic blending of the slope back into the natural surroundings.
Utilize heavy equipment efficiently while access to the site is unrestricted.
Stockpile the correct amount of fill and topsoil needed in the right locations to minimize excessive transport and reclamation throughout the construction process.
Set the correct rough grade heights to ensure a safe and realistic working environment for the building contractors.
Landscape and plant outlying areas as early as possible to give them a head start on the reclamation process.
Coordinate site work contractors whose work overlaps to minimize inefficiencies.
Provide oversight for the landscape design/installation team as they will be the last ones on the project.
Create as-built drawings of all underground structures and lines.
Create and host an accessible repository of pictures and information to help anyone digging and working on the property. This reduces the likelihood of damage to underground utilities already in place for ongoing and future construction and improvements.
Be available as a go-to resource for any questions on site-related issues, both during construction and for any future additions or changes.

Our site managing services can be used in building projects of all sizes. We are available for consulting and will work with any architect, contractor, or other professional to ensure your project is as seamless and cost-effective as possible.

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